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Crowded bus falls into mountain gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 23

  • A passenger who was injured in a bus accident receives treatment at the government medical college hospital in Jammu, India, Monday, May 11, 2015. A crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on Monday, killing more than twenty people in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    A passenger who was injured in a bus accident receives treatment at the government medical college hospital in Jammu, India, Monday, May 11, 2015. A crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on Monday, killing more than twenty people in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rakesh Kumar, who was injured in a bus accident, is brought for treatment at the government medical college hospital in Jammu, India, Monday, May 11, 2015. A crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on Monday, killing more than twenty people in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Rakesh Kumar, who was injured in a bus accident, is brought for treatment at the government medical college hospital in Jammu, India, Monday, May 11, 2015. A crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on Monday, killing more than twenty people in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)  (The Associated Press)

A crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge on Monday, killing at least 23 people in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said.

The driver apparently lost control of the bus while negotiating a curve, police inspector general Danish Rana said. At least 25 other people were injured in the accident.

Rana said police had reached the area and were evacuating the injured.

The 48-seat public bus was traveling to the town of Uthampur when the accident happened near the village of Marotthi, more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city of Srinagar.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, but claimed by both in its entirety.